Tell DHS to #DefendFlores and Protect Immigrant Children & Families

GreenLatinos believes that all people deserve to live in environmentally safe, just, and vibrant communities. Our work to advance environmental justice and civil rights extends to our immigrant communities and we will continue to stand up for just and humane treatment to ensure their health and well-being. 

We encourage our members and allies to sign their name to our letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security to protect our immigrant families and children. 

Please sign the petition by 12:00PM EST, Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The Trump Administration adamantly continues its attack on immigrant communities and families. The Trump Administration is intentionally defying the Flores Agreement, arguing for the indefinite detainment of children and their families.


The Flores Agreement was the first document to establish guidelines for the treatment of children in the immigration detention system. The case originated with Jenny Lisette Flores, a 15-year-old child from El Salvador who came to the United States in 1985. Jenny fled the violence of El Salvador to be reunited with her aunt, who was living in the United States; however, she never made it to her aunt’s home. 

The Flores Agreement requires “immigration officials detaining minors to provide:
(1) food and drinking water,
(2) medical assistance in the event of emergencies,
(3) toilets and sinks,
(4) adequate temperature control and ventilation,
(5) adequate supervision to protect minors from others,
(6) separation [of children] from unrelated adults whenever possible.”

Additionally, the FSA requires that the ICE to (1) ensure the prompt release of children from immigration detention; (2) place children for whom release is pending, or for whom no release option is available, in the “least restrictive” setting appropriate to the age and special needs of minors; and (3) implement standards relating to care and treatment of children in U.S. immigration detention.

The period for public comment on the Trump Administration's proposal is open until November 6, 2018. Visit the Federal Register rule proposal page for full details.

Thank you for speaking out,

In service & solidarity,
Team GreenLatinos


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Dear DHS & HHS,

We, GreenLatinos, a network of Latino environmental and conservation advocates and our allies implore you to defend and implement in full the Flores Agreement. GreenLatinos believes that all people deserve to live in environmentally safe, just, and vibrant communities. Our work to advance environmental justice and civil rights, extends to our immigrant communities and their treatment while in custody of the U.S. Government. 

The separation and detention of immigrant families by the current administration is not only cruel - it is child abuse. Seeking asylum is not a crime, and jailing children to punish their families for seeking safety is inhumane. We know that many of those who risk their lives to come to this country are doing so because they are fleeing violence and climate degradation, and they are seeking better lives for themselves for them and their children. 

We believe that under no circumstance is it acceptable to detain children, especially not under weakened protections like those you are proposing that will place their basic health and safety in danger or following your previous failures to adequately provide children previously or currently held in your custody with proper medical care, safe living conditions, and the loving care of their families.

IHA4UXVK7UI6RGT5ZUYFAT7ZAI.jpgConsider Mariee, who would have turned 2 this August. She died shortly after being released from ICE's custody. Detention is no place for children. 

Families belong together and free.


We call upon you to defend and fully implement the Flores Agreement!



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